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Lilly Pilly Berry Season

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
Published March 22nd 2020
Forget Corona, this is Lilly Pilly time

My Lilly Pilly trees have burst into the most beautiful white snowy flakes and the butterflies, the moths and the bees are going crazy. So I thought we should too. This is the time when the perfectly formed pink berries appear and cluster and the parrots get there first because they have berry good taste, but if you are organised you can collect your fair share and then set about making some berry lovely things.

The Lilly Pilly flowers
The Lilly Pilly flowers

Lilly Pillies are a common native Australian plant. You can find them growing in the rainforests but also in many back gardens. They flower around about now with a profusion of white or green flowers and then produce the fruit in winter in the form of a berry, which can be anything from white to pink to a deep purply red. They have been a favourite of Aborigines for many years and are a well-known bush tucker also known as riberries.

The happy butterflies
The happy butterflies

The fruit is commonly used to make jams and jellies and here are a couple of other ideas which you might enjoy in these long and empty days ahead.

Check out recipes for Riberry Caramel Sauce, Lilli Pilli Apple Crumble and Candied Lillypillies at Native Tastes of Australia. Also, try the recipe for Lilly Pilly Jelly at All Recipes.

The fruit, flower and pod
The fruit, flower and pod

This makes for a delicious jelly and think of the personal satisfaction you will feel making it and then sharing it with the family. It's a berry worthwhile exercise. Why don't you try it and come back to WN with the results of your efforts? I promise I won't make any more berry jokes if you do.
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